Weekly News 2021

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 11 April 2021

http://hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/

G’day All.  I haven’t received any funeral details for Max Hart.  Max was Sandy Michels best man.

Shep has compiled the report on the JR Survey.  It makes very interesting reading.  In one instance he has compared the questions contained in our survey with other more formal reports of the past.  His report is now in the final editing stage.  It will be forwarded out to you on completion for comment.

Do you ever catch up with any of our group.  When you do, please take a pic and send it to me for our FB page.

Still need to know PERTH’s breakaway song.  There are two items in the attachment, we now know HOBART’s and BRISBANE’s.

Have received only thirty nine responses to the note on ‘name badges’ for our group.  The badge will contain the LEEUWIN crest and your preferred name.  This will cost you nothing (except postage if you want it delivered).  Very happy to include wives in this list.  Ask your missus/partner to see whether she would like one.   Could you please respond to me.  Would be happy also if you told me you didn’t want one as I don’t want to die wondering.

The Matelots Bowls carnival is being held in Forster NSW for ex sailors and their spouses/partners, scheduled to start play early Sunday morning 9 May concluding on the evening of Thursday 13 May at the Presentation dinner.  If you wish to participate contact me as I am the Secretary.  Barry Andrew, Russ Loane and I are playing and Tom Houldsworth is going to attend to say G’day.  This is a real fun carnival, no money, just trophies.  No stacked teams.

The Dubbo AIF Carnival is being held again in Dubbo this year in September.  Do you want to play.  If you do, please let me know and I can send you the details.

Not sure now whether the Interservice Rugby carnival for 2021 has been cancelled.  Will investigate.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Stan Church thinks anywhere in Queensland.  Glenn Summerhayes would like Bribie Island. Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.  Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/   Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available. Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15.

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.  The most recent pics are of the luncheon in Port Adelaide with Fred, Pie, Scarcie, Borgo, Chris and Val Smith, John (our daughter Sharon’s friend) and myself.  Les Allen and myself in Manning Point.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  250 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.  Mike Hogan came up and spent a few nights in January, we had a little fish as the seas were big as a consequence of the cyclone in the north, put the little tinnie in the river, chilled out around the shack for a couple of days, had a few convivials and had a good time.  Les Allen came up in March and again this last week on his way to the Lauriton Ukele meeting.  Hoping to catch up with Sandy Powell later in the week as he travels north.

Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 4 April 2021

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G’day All.  Vale Max Hart:

‘Ron, I am writing this on Max Harts computer, I am his wife Dee.   Unfortunately, I have to inform you that Max passed away Thursday 1st April 2021.’  

Max was a great bloke, always willing to contribute, always positive and happy, he will be sorely missed.

Happy Easter to all, unfortunately not happy for Dee Hart, her immediate and extended family and all Max’s mates.

 

Sox Stocking responded to PERTH breakaway song indicating ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’ might be the breakaway song, have now received further correspondence.  Thanks again Sox for your response.  Nothing would have been said had you not reacted.   Well I have now been reliably informed by Ken Dobbie (see under), Rod Hazell and Sandy Powell who have stated emphatically that ‘Ghost Riders in the sky’ was HOBART’s.  Still need to know PERTH’s breakaway song.  Was our group out of the posting cycle for Vietnam in PERTH?

 

‘The "breakaway song" Ghost Riders in the Sky is most definitely that compiled and still used to this day by Hobart. A flag was manufactured showing an angry looking Casper the Ghost. The flag images are in green reflecting on a statement made by Hanoi Hanna that the Hobart operated mystical like a ghost as it appeared on the North Vietnam coast to attack and then disappeared rather like a ghost. The green colour adopted on the flag was reference to the RAN's shipside grey which when compared with the US navy's colour appeared to be a shade of green. The flag is now in the possession of Hobart 111 and is used for all RAS activities.

Cheers

Ken D’

 

You may recall we as a group have been trying to locate Gerry Bandy for the last ten or so years.  Well he has been found, he is living in SW West Australia.  Norm Friebe who lives in Victoria, initiated this search; Rod Hazell, a good mate of Gerry’s who lives in the West went down and said G’day.  Rod reports Gerry is active and well.

 

Have received only twenty seven responses to the note on ‘name badges’ for our group.  The badge will contain the LEEUWIN crest and your preferred name.  This will cost you nothing (except postage if you want it delivered).  Very happy to include wives in this list.  Ask your missus/partner to see whether she would like one.   Could you please respond to me.

 

Shep has compiled the report on the JR Survey.  It makes very interesting reading.  In one instance he has compared the questions contained in our survey with other more formal reports of the past.  Because of the flood in the Mid North Coast we have had to postpone our meeting.  We are going to meet in the coming weeks to discuss the contents of his findings and the distribution of the report.

 

Again, thanks very much for your kind words and offer of assistance for my fishing shack in Manning Point.  Davo offered to give me his wood working tools.  What a marvelous offer.  Thanks again Davo.  Saying that, I am slowly putting it all together.

 

The Matelots Bowls carnival is being held in Forster NSW for ex sailors and their spouses/partners, scheduled to start play early Sunday morning 9 May concluding on the evening of Thursday 13 May at the Presentation dinner.  If you wish to participate contact me as I am the Secretary.  Barry Andrew, Russ Loane and I are playing and Tom Houldsworth is going to attend to say G’day.  This is a real fun carnival, no money, just trophies.  No stacked teams.

 

The Dubbo AIF Carnival is being held again in Dubbo this year in September.  Do you want to play.  If you do, please let me know and I can send you the details.

 

Not sure now whether the Interservice Rugby carnival for 2021 has been cancelled.  Will investigate.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Stan Church thinks anywhere in Queensland.  Glenn Summerhayes would like Bribie Island. Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.   Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

 

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/  Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis.  You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available.  Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived.  All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging.  Shirts are $30, caps are $15. 

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.    The most recent pics are of the luncheon in Port Adelaide with Fred, Pie, Scarcie, Borgo, Chris and Val Smith, John (our daughter Sharon’s friend) and myself.  Les Allen and myself in Manning Point.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  250 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.  Mike Hogan came up and spent a few nights in January, we had a little fish as the seas were big as a consequence of the cyclone in the north, put the little tinnie in the river, chilled out around the shack for a couple of days, had a few convivials and had a good time.  Les Allen came up in March and amongst other things got washed out and evacuated from the park.

Cheers

Ron

 


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 28 March 2021

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G’day All.  Have had another uninteresting week, cleaning up the mud from the fishing shack.  Surprisingly some of the electrical gear works although it was underwater.  Les Allen has returned to Newcastle area, he was in Manning Point until Saturday morning.  I have been busy with a credit card at Bunnings as all my electrical tools that were submerged have not responded to CPR.   Thank you very much for your good wishes.  It has just started raining again.  Bugger.

Sox Stocking responded to PERTH breakaway song:

I seem to remember the song that was played on breakaway on the Perth during the 1968/69 tour to Vietnam was “Ghost Riders in the Sky”? Could be wrong, but!!

Cheers,

Sox

Have received only sixteen responses to the note on ‘name badges’ for our group.  The badge will contain the LEEUWIN crest and your preferred name.  This will cost you nothing (except postage if you want it delivered).  We need to know:

  • Who would wear it; and
  • who would like one

Could you please respond to me.

Shep has compiled the report on the JR Survey.  It makes very interesting reading.  In one instance he has compared the questions contained in our survey with other more formal reports of the past.  Because of the flood in the Mid North Coast we have had to postpone our meeting.  We are going to meet in the coming weeks to discuss the contents of his findings and the distribution of the report.

The Matelots Bowls carnival is being held in Forster NSW for ex sailors and their spouses/partners, scheduled to start play early Sunday morning 9 May concluding on the evening of Thursday 13 May at the Presentation dinner.  If you wish to participate contact me as I am the Secretary.  Barry Andrew, Russ Loane and I are playing and Tom Houldsworth is going to attend to say G’day.  This is a real fun carnival, no money, just trophies.  No stacked teams.

Have information to hand which indicates the Interservice Rugby carnival for 2021 has been cancelled.  Bugger.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Stan Church thinks anywhere in Queensland.  Glenn Summerhayes would like Bribie Island. Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.  Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/   Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available. Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15.

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.  The most recent pics are of the luncheon in Port Adelaide with Fred, Pie, Scarcie, Borgo, Chris and Val Smith, John (our daughter Sharon’s friend) and myself.  Les Allen and myself in Manning Point.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  250 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.  Mike Hogan came up and spent a few nights in January, we had a little fish as the seas were big as a consequence of the cyclone in the north, put the little tinnie in the river, chilled out around the shack for a couple of days, had a few convivials and had a good time.  Les Allen came up in March and amongst other things got washed out and evacuated from the park.

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 21 March 2021

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G’day All.  Been an interesting week.  Have met up with Les Allen this weekend in Manning Point.  Had lunch with Fred Howes, Pie Pieda, Dave Scarce, Chris and Val Smith and Borgo at Port Adelaide on Tuesday.  Spoke to Nifty Neville and Glen Butler when I was in Adelaide and have been speaking to Sandy Powell about DFRDB Commutation over the weekend.

 

Manning Point has been inundated with rain and water from the Manning River, we have been flooded out of the caravan park and were evacuated to private accommodation sharing with 6 others.  The Bowls Club is the SES station.  All good here just stranded.

 

Sandy brought to notice that the Federal Government will be discussing DFRDB Commutation tomorrow along with the proposal for a Royal Commission into Veteran’s suicide.  Two topics that interest me.  Must admit I don’t think a Royal Commission will achieve anything more than making a lot of lawyers rich.  I think picking the right Commissioner would realise a better result.

 

This would have been the weekend we would have been celebrating in Ulverstone.  Russ and Joy Dale met up with Rick and Lea Avery and have forwarded some pics to show us.  I am looking forward to 12 months time when I intend to be there hopefully sharing with you.

 

Have received only nine responses to the note on ‘name badges’ for our group.  The badge will contain the LEEUWIN crest and your preferred name.  This will cost you nothing (except postage if you want it delivered).  We need to know:

  • Who would wear it; and
  • who would like one

 

Could you please respond to me.

 

Shep has compiled the report on the JR Survey.  It makes very interesting reading.  In one instance he has compared the questions contained in our survey with other more formal reports of the past.  We are going to meet in the coming weeks to discuss the contents of his findings and the distribution of the report.

 

The Matelots Bowls carnival is being held in Forster NSW for ex sailors and their spouses/partners, scheduled to start play early Sunday morning 9 May concluding on the evening of Thursday 13 May at the Presentation dinner.  If you wish to participate contact me as I am the Secretary.  Barry Andrew, Russ Loane and I are playing and Tom Houldsworth is going to attend to say G’day.  This is a real fun carnival, no money, just trophies.  No stacked teams.

 

Have information to hand which indicates the Interservice Rugby carnival for 2021 has been cancelled.  Bugger.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Stan Church thinks anywhere in Queensland.  Glenn Summerhayes would like Bribie Island. Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.   Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

 

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/  Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis.  You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available.  Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived.  All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging.  Shirts are $30, caps are $15. 

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.    The most recent pics are of the luncheon in Port Adelaide with Fred, Pie, Scarcie, Borgo, Chris and Val Smith, John (our daughter Sharon’s friend) and myself.  Les Allen and myself in Manning Point.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  250 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.  Mike Hogan came up and spent a few nights in January, we had a little fish as the seas were big as a consequence of the cyclone in the north, put the little tinnie in the river, chilled out around the shack for a couple of days, had a few convivials and had a good time.  Les Allen came up in March and amongst other things got washed out and evacuated from the park.

Cheers

Ron

 

  • Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 14 March 2021
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    G’day All.  Mal Chatfield is working on a good quality ‘name badges’ for our group.  The badge will contain the LEEUWIN crest and your preferred name.  This will not cost you anything (except postage if you want it delivered).  We need to know:
  • Who would wear it; and
  • who would like one

 

Could you please respond to me.

 

Will anybody beside Russ and Joy Dale be in Ulverstone between Friday 19 to Sunday 21 March.  If you are going to be there, please contact Russ and Joy.

 

Shep has compiled the report on the JR Survey.  It makes very interesting reading.  In one instance he has compared the questions contained in our survey with other more formal reports of the past.  We are going to meet in the coming weeks to discuss the contents of his findings and the distribution of the report.

 

Bev and I are in Semaphore Park a suburb of Adelaide.  During this coming week we are hoping to catch up with Fred Howes, Pie and Ros Pieda, Fred’s mates Borgo, Chris and Val Smith and Dave Scarce.   We expect to be returning to Sydney Wednesday week.

 

The Matelots Bowls carnival is being held in Forster NSW for ex sailors and their spouses/partners, scheduled to start play early Sunday morning 9 May concluding on the evening of Thursday 13 May at the Presentation dinner.  If you wish to participate contact me as I am the Secretary.  This is a real fun carnival, no money, just trophies.  No stacked teams.

 

Have information to hand which indicates the Interservice Rugby carnival for 2021 has been cancelled.  Bugger.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Stan Church thinks anywhere in Queensland.  Glenn Summerhayes would like Bribie Island. Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.   Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

 

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/  Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis.  You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available.  Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived.  All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging.  Shirts are $30, caps are $15. 

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.    The most recent pics are of our group in Husky at the Husky Pub then at the Club JB (nee Husky RSL)  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  250 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.  Mike Hogan came up and spent a few nights in January, we had a little fish as the seas were big as a consequence of the cyclone in the north, put the little tinnie in the river, chilled out around the shack for a couple of days, had a few convivials and had a good time.

Cheers

Ron

 


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 7 March 2021

http://hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/

 

G’day All.  Will anybody beside Russ and Joy Dale be in Ulverstone between Friday 19 to Sunday 21 March.  If you are please contact Russ and Joy; their details are in the Attachment.

 

Shep has compiled the report on the JR Survey.  It makes very interesting reading.  In one instance he has compared the questions contained in our survey with other reports of the past.

 

Bev and I travelled to Semaphore Park a suburb of Adelaide over the weekend, via Bendigo (to watch the grandkids play in an inline hockey competition between Victoria and SA).   We expect to be returning to Sydney Wednesday week.

 

The Matelots Bowls carnival is being held in Forster NSW for ex sailors and their spouses/partners, scheduled to start play early Sunday morning 9 May concluding on the evening of Thursday 13 May at the Presentation dinner.  If you wish to participate contact me as I am the Secretary.  This is a real fun carnival, no money, just trophies.  No stacked teams.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Stan Church thinks anywhere in Queensland.  Glenn Summerhayes would like Bribie Island. Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.   Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

 

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/  Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis.  You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available.  Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived.  All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging.  Shirts are $30, caps are $15. 

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.    The most recent pics are of our group in Husky at the Husky Pub then at the Club JB (nee Husky RSL)  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  250 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.  Mike Hogan came up and spent a few nights in January, we had a little fish as the seas were big as a consequence of the cyclone in the north, put the little tinnie in the river, chilled out around the shack for a couple of days, had a few convivials and had a good time.

Cheers

Ron

 

 

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 28 February 2021

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G’day All.  Just repeating, have been having a problem with my bigpond email account (it will not send emails).  Have now set up the gmail account, my email address is rugbyron1@gmail.com

 

Welcome to the best season of the year – Autumn.  Two months gone from this year already.  

 

Met up with Gary Angel, his goat Benji and his hound Bear on Wednesday, amongst other interests, Gary is an advocate for James Cook of the ENDEAVOUR and is also pretty keen on Darby Allan.  Gary is going to do another article on Darby during Darby’s service during WW1.

 

Have been in contact this week with Sandy Powell, James Carroll plus Wally and Robyn Gawne.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Stan Church thinks anywhere in Queensland.  Glenn Summerhayes would like Bribie Island. Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.   Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

 

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/  Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis.  You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available.  Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived.  All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging.  Shirts are $30, caps are $15. 

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.    The most recent pics are of our group in Husky at the Husky Pub then at the Club JB (nee Husky RSL)  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  250 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.  Mike Hogan came up and spent a few nights in January, we had a little fish as the seas were big as a consequence of the cyclone in the north, put the little tinnie in the river, chilled out around the shack for a couple of days, had a few convivials and had a good time.

Cheers

Ron

 

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 21 February 2021

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G’day All.  Have been having a problem with my bigpond email account (it will not send emails).  Have now set up the gmail account, my email address is rugbyron1@gmail.com

 

James Carroll is going back into surgery pretty soon.  He is hoping for a quick recovery so he can still go to Tasmania in March.  All the best James.

 

Have spoken this week by phone with Russ Loane, Norm Friebe, Rocky Freier, Sandy Powell and Jaffa.  Russ – Lawn Bowls, Norm – trying to locate Jerry Bandy.  Rod Hazell spent some time, some years ago trying to locate him without success.

 

To reiterate – Ulverstone 2020 has been postponed until March 2021.  If you didn’t receive notice earlier it is probably in your Spam or similar name folder.

 

Gary and Bernadette Angel have produced an article on TINGIRA boy William Evan Allen.   This bloke is a legend, he has slipped under the radar of most but not the Angel’s.  Have a read, if you have a comment please contact Gary, his email is included.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Stan Church thinks anywhere in Queensland.  Glenn Summerhayes would like Bribie Island. Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.   Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

 

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/  Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis.  You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available.  Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived.  All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging.  Shirts are $30, caps are $15. 

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.    The most recent pics are of our group in Husky at the Husky Pub then at the Club JB (nee Husky RSL)  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  250 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.  Mike Hogan came up and spent a few nights in January, we had a little fish as the seas were big as a consequence of the cyclone in the north, put the little tinnie in the river, chilled out around the shack for a couple of days, had a few convivials and had a good time.

Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 14 February 2021

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G’day All.  We had a good turnout for our annual pilgrimage to Husky this year.  Successfully ate our way through the three meals, lunch dinner and breakfast at three different venues.  The banter was up to its usual high standard as was the company and the quality of the meals.  Les Allan and Ted and Fiona Hase attended for the first time this year this year.   Mick Gallagher handed the LEEUWIN 63 JR of the year trophy to Mal Chatfield vide Bongo (who is going to the Gold Coast in April).   The ceremony in VOYAGER Park was professionally conducted by personnel from CRESWELL lead by the Padre.  Tom and Val Houldsworth again provided a wreath on behalf of our group and Tom presented it.  There were 7 VOYAGER survivors in attendance, included in this number was the Bosuns Mate who was in the Wheelhouse at the time of the collision.   Ray and Rosalind Cattermole, Schubes and Marian Schubert, Sandy Powell, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Mick Gallagher, Hoges and Jilly Hogan, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Russ and Georgina Nelson, John and Lyn Hatchman, Les Allen, Shep and Jean Shephard, Spook Cairns with his family (Banjo, Jesse, Charlie, Rebecca Cairns and Joshua), Ted and Fiona Hase and Ron Giveen.   Received calls from Hector Hart and Rod Hazell when we were there.  Have also received apologies from Bristles and Lou Lassau. 

 

Had coffee with Bristles and Lou plus Lou’s sister Rosalind and brother in law Peter this morning in Harrington.  They were up from the South Coast.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a pic to include on our FB page.

 

James Carroll is going back into surgery pretty soon.  He is hoping for a quick recovery so he can still go to Tasmania in March.  All the best James.

 

Have spoken today by phone with Rod Hazell and Les Allen.  Yesterday with Bruce Pollock, Gary Angel and James Carroll.

 

Gary and Bernadette Angel have produced an article on TINGIRA boy William Evan Allen.   This bloke is a legend, he has slipped under the radar of most but not the Angel’s.  Have a read, if you have a comment please contact Gary, his email is included.


Have you received from me the deposit you made for Ulverstone 2021 yet.  There are several outstanding.  Did you want to leave it for next year?  Just send me your bank details and I will credit it.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Stan Church thinks anywhere in Queensland.  Glenn Summerhayes would like Bribie Island. Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.   Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

 

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/   Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis.  You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available.  Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived.  All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging.  Shirts are $30, caps are $15. 

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.    The most recent pics are of our group in Husky at the Husky Pub then at the Club JB (nee Husky RSL)  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  250 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.  Mike Hogan came up and spent a few nights in January, we had a little fish as the seas were big as a consequence of the cyclone in the north, put the little tinnie in the river, chilled out around the shack for a couple of days, had a few convivials and had a good time.

Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 7 February 2021

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G’day All.  The programme for this week in Husky is:

 

Wednesday 1200ish lunch at Husky Pub   I will be arriving about 1230ish depending on Sydney traffic.  Good for a meet and greet and an opportunity to talk about future functions.

 

Dinner 1830.  They are not taking bookings, however I have been told there will be no problems seating us together.  I will be there from 1800 and arrange some tables.  Make sure you sign our attendance book.

 

Dress smart casual (make sure you keep an eye on the weather for Wednesday night as it can be chilly and it has been known to be wet)

 

Am expecting - Mike and Jean Shephard, John and Lynne Hatchman, Schubes and Marian, Moot Sutton, Sandy Powell, Spook plus 5, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Ted and Fiona Hase, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Mick Gallagher (with JR Shield), Ray and Roz Cattermole, Hoges and Jilly, Les Allan and myself are starters.   

 

Received this from Mal and Robyn Chatfield

Please accept my apologies as I can’t attend the service as I am having a surgical procedure on the Friday before and specialist appointments Monday and Tuesday.
Cheers mate
Regards
Mal

Have you received from me the deposit you made for Ulverstone 2021 yet.  There are several outstanding.  Did you want to leave it for next year?  Just send me your bank details and I will credit it.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Stan Church thinks anywhere in Queensland.  Glenn Summerhayes would like Bribie Island. Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.   Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

 

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/   Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis.  You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available.  Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived.  All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging.  Shirts are $30, caps are $15. 

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.    The most recent pics are of Gary Angel with his pets, his hound and his travelling goat.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  250 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.  Mike Hogan came up and spent a few nights in January, we had a little fish as the seas were big as a consequence of the cyclone in the north, put the little tinnie in the river, chilled out around the shack for a couple of days, had a few convivials and had a good time.

Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 31 January 2021

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G’day All.  Put Wednesday 10 Feb in your diary for Husky.  It is only 11 days away.  Make a holiday of it, lovely place to be this time of the year.   Mike and Jean Shephard, John and Lynne Hatchman, Schubes and Marian, Moot Sutton, Sandy Powell, Spook, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Ted and Fiona Hase, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Mick Gallagher (with JR Shield), Ray and Roz Cattermole and myself are starters.   Let me know if you want to attend for dinner at Club JB and/or breakfast at corner cafe.  

 

Hope you all enjoyed Australia Day, it is a pretty quiet affair in Manning Point.  Lots of flags and people with Ozzie tattoos and of course parties, but no activities that are formally organized.

 

Have received one comment on Shep’s work on the JR Survey.  Mal Ritchie words are in the Attachment.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Stan Church thinks anywhere in Queensland.  Glenn Summerhayes would like Bribie Island. Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.   Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

 

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/   Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis.  You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available.  Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived.  All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging.  Shirts are $30, caps are $15. 

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.    The most recent pics are of Gary Angel with his pets, his hound and his travelling goat.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  150 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.  Mike Hogan came up and spent a few nights in January, we had a little fish as the seas were big as a consequence of the cyclone in the north, put the little tinnie in the river, buggerised around the shack for a couple of days, had a few convivials and had a good time.

Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 24 January 2021

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G’day All.  Put 10 Feb in your diary for Husky.  It is only 18 days away.  The state borders are clear, I think.  Staying in Manning Point, not watching much TV, just vegging out is pretty good, just doesn’t put me in touch with current affairs.   Mike and Jean Shephard, John and Lynne Hatchman, Schubes and Marian, Moot Sutton, Sandy Powell, Spook, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Ted and Fiona Hase and myself are starters.

 

Have received no comments on Shep’s work on the JR Survey.  I thought there were some very interesting responses.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Stan Church thinks anywhere in Queensland.  Glenn Summerhayes would like Bribie Island. Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.   Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

 

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/   Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis.  You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available.  Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived.  All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging.  Shirts are $30, caps are $15. 

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.    The most recent pics are of John Hatchman hitting the Golf Trail and two pics of the get together at the Hero of Waterloo on Friday 13 November.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  150 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.  Mike Hogan came up and spent a few nights last week, we had a little fish as the seas were big as a consequence of the cyclone in the north, put the little tinnie in the water, buggerised around the shack for a couple of days, had a few convivials and had a good time.

Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 17 January 2021

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G’day All.  Put 10 Feb in your diary for Husky.  It is only 25 days away.  Mike and Jean Shephard, John and Lynne Hatchman, Schubes and Marian, Moot Sutton, Sandy Powell, Spook, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Ted and Fiona Hase and myself are starters.

 

Have received no comments on Shep’s work on the JR Survey which was included last week in total.  I thought there were some very interesting responses.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Stan Church thinks anywhere in Queensland.  Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.   Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

 

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/   Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis.  You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available.  Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived.  All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging.  Shirts are $30, caps are $15. 

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.    The most recent pics are of John Hatchman hitting the Golf Trail and two pics of the get together at the Hero of Waterloo on Friday 13 November.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  150 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.  Mike Hogan is planning to come up for a few days this week.

Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 10 January 2021

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G’day All.  For those of you who may be still keen to go to Tassie in March; the Tasmanian Government has offered free/discount travel for those driving and with vans.  If you want any further info check the website.  I hadn’t ordered the shirts, deadline was today, so will now wait until this time next year to put in the order.  Nearly had to put a slash through the year on our banner as I have had it in being updated.  The people who are doing the job live in the Northern part of the Northern Beaches and have not been able to work.  He was worried we needed the banner this week and rang me not long after I released the email postponing the function.  We had a win there.

 

Thanks very much to Terry Dack, Mal Chatfield, Bongo Dibetta and Stoney Bourke for all their hard work trying to put this function together.  Hopefully they will put their hands up for next year.  I have received confirmation from Stoney indicating he will still be happy to help us again.

 

Put 10 Feb in your diary for Husky.  Mike and Jean Shephard, John Hatchman, Schubes, Moot Sutton, Sandy Powell, Spook, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Russ and Georgina Nelson and myself are starters.

 

Shep’s work on the JR Survey is included this week in totlal  Really good reading.  

 

Thanks to Boong for following up Col Mundt.  Have sent him an email.

The seven past recipients of the LEEUWIN 63 JR of the year have been at work again.  This year there were 8 blokes nominated and as you may know the award cannot be won twice.  Some new names, some who have contributed continually over the life of our group.  A diverse group who still help to keep us together.  This year’s winner is a bloke who rang me in 2002 and asked if we would like to combine the two intakes who joined LEEUWIN in 1963 into a group.  He then was instrumental in organizing the next two major functions at the Gold Coast 2003 and 2005 where he had positive assistance from his wife Robyn and family.  In 2003 we opened a bank account, from then until now he is the co-treasurer of our group.  In 2020 he came forward and put his name up to be part of the committee for the Ulverstone Wake in March 2021.  Of course I am talking about Mal Chatfield.  On behalf of the previous winners we congratulate you on the award and thank you for your contribution.  The presentation date will be promulgated

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Stan Church thinks anywhere in Queensland.  Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.   Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

 

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/   Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis.  You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available.  Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived.  All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging.  Shirts are $30, caps are $15. 

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.    The most recent pics are of John Hatchman hitting the Golf Trail and two pics of the get together at the Hero of Waterloo on Friday 13 November.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  150 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.

Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 3 January 2021

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G’day All.  We have escaped the Lockdown after 17 days.  The northern part of the Northern Beaches has at least another week inhouse.  I came up to Manning Point this morning.

 

Put 10 Feb in your diary for Husky.  Mike and Jean Shephard, John Hatchman, Schubes, Moot Sutton, Sandy Powell, Spook, Tom and Val Houldsworth  and myself are starters.

 

ULVERSTONE 19-21 MARCH 2021

 

Please send me your shirt size and whether you want long or short sleeve ASAP, I intend order during the week commencing 10 January.

 

Friday 19 Meet and Greet – Buttons Brewing

Saturday 20 Dinner – Bass and Flinders Motel

Sunday 21 BBQ Lunch SHROPSHIRE Park

 

We will be providing all EXJR’s who attend a chambray shirt.  Please send me your preference of short or long sleeve (they will have a pocket and the LEEUWIN logo with 1963) and size.  We will need a few months turnover time for the Chambray shirts, so if you are attending and want a shirt please forward your size.  If you don’t want a shirt, could you also please let me know.

 

Of course, with another cluster infection occurring, it makes one think of where are we going and in our group’s view, is it safe to go to Ulverstone in March.  The positive consequence of this cluster in my view relates to the NSW Government strengthening its resolve to constrain the International aircrews to 2 Sydney motels which also includes NSW Police Security to keep tabs on them.  This should close the loop on Airline crews being able to travel independently.  Ergo Ulverstone is still very doable.  I have booked accommodation, travel and car hire.  I took out a little insurance on the air fares.

 

Shep’s work on the JR Survey is included (partially) this week (responses to questions 5 and 6).  Really good reading.  If you haven’t contributed to the survey as yet and want to, please let me know.  Shep is happy to accommodate the late responses.

 

Has anybody been in contact with Col Mundt.  Col was in the FAA, I am surprised nobody is in contact with him.  Have received ‘return to sender’ on the snail mail Newsletter that was forwarded out. If you have either a mobile phone number or an email address could you please forward to me, or contact him yourself and ask him to get in contact with me.  I have caught up with Henry Overmars.

 

The article about ‘Athletics’ at LEEUWIN created interest. I received several emails from participants and spectators.  Reminiscing.

 

The working committee for the wake in Ulverstone is Mal Chatfield, Bongo Di Betta, Terry Dack, Stoney Bourke (assisting) and Ron Giveen.  

The cost for the 3 functions is $75 a head.  Please pay by 31 January 2021.  Details of our account are:

 

LEEUWIN 1963

BSB       032 003

Account Number  307469

 

This is a low cost series of functions.  If COVID 19 prevents our attendance the money will be refunded.  This is also the case for accommodation as the Motel people are aware of travel conditions.  I suppose what I am saying is if you have withdrawn from attending because of the COVID travel uncertainty and haven’t planned any other activity please tentatively rethink Ulverstone.   I am confident we will enjoy ourselves and want you to be there to share it with us.  Had a yarn with Fred Auty on Chritmas Day, he indicated he wants to be a starter for Ulverstone.

The seven past recipients of the LEEUWIN 63 JR of the year have been at work again.  This year there were 8 blokes nominated and as you may know the award cannot be won twice.  Some new names, some who have contributed continually over the life of our group.  A diverse group who still help to keep us together.  This year’s winner is a bloke who rang me in 2002 and asked if we would like to combine the two intakes who joined LEEUWIN in 1963 into a group.  He then was instrumental in organizing the next two major functions at the Gold Coast 2003 and 2005 where he had positive assistance from his wife Robyn and family.  In 2003 we opened a bank account, from then until now he is the co-treasurer of our group.  In 2020 he came forward and put his name up to be part of the committee for the Ulverstone Wake in March 2021.  Of course I am talking about Mal Chatfield.  On behalf of the previous winners we congratulate you on the award and thank you for your contribution.  The presentation date will be promulgated

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 60th anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers, Tank and Poolie), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered, Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be, Dave Staines has offered to head up the organizing committee if we pick Yass and Tom Houldsworth and Roger Collins have suggested The Gold Coast.  Mal Chatfield has suggested the Sunshine Coast, however he is also happy for Bribie Island.  Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.   Bob Stupple is the most recent to ask.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

 

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/   Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis.  You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, size XXL there is one available.  Caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design have arrived.  All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging.  Shirts are $30, caps are $15. 

Face Book – Our FB Page needs updating.  Send in your pics for publication.    The most recent pics are of John Hatchman hitting the Golf Trail and two pics of the get together at the Hero of Waterloo on Friday 13 November.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. bookingsmolongmotorinn@gmail.com   Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Bev and I have purchased a ‘fishing shack’ at Manning Point.  It is an old onsite van in the Weeroona Caravan Park (pet friendly).  The Manning River one side, the Pacific Ocean the other.  150 metres to launch the boat and 500 metres to the Bowling Club.  Bev probably won’t spend a lot of time there as she is looking after her horse.  I intend commuting from Dee Why as often as possible.  If you are going past Taree, give me a call, the chances of me being at Manning Point will be good.

Cheers

Ron